Fireman Ron & Di Sinclair recently hit the road to meet up with some family members at South West Rocks, NSW. The event was to celebrate the birthday of a family member who had moved into a small home in a community called ‘The Rocks’, just out of the town centre. Luckily for us, the village is part of a combined site that includes Active Holidays South West Rocks.
Active Holidays South West Rocks is a very welcoming and comfortable park that provides accommodation for those who tow and those who don’t. There are 120 powered sites, 40 unpowered sites and 13 en-suite sites to cater for caravanners and tent-dwellers.
The van sites are very spacious and easy to maneuver in and out of, which is a real issue with some of the larger rigs on the road today. Our site had plenty of room for the van, the awning and the car, but we were still far enough away from the neighbours so that we felt like we had some privacy. With very little road noise and the calming outlook of the water, this site was very relaxing.
They also have a great range of cabins available from the studio size, which is similar to a hotel room, through various degrees of refinement up to the ‘superior waterfront’ cabins which have two separate bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as beautiful views of the water.
This park has a great feel to it as soon as you pull in the driveway. There is a lovely backdrop of trees and gardens whichever way you look and the local birdlife is delightful. Di became very clucky, or should I say ‘quacky’ when she saw a few families of ducks with lots of little ducklings pecking around the campsites. There are also lots of pelicans, plovers, seagulls, osprey, native minors and magpies to keep the birdwatchers happy.
If you like to wet a line, the fishing is right at your doorstep with the tidal creek running past the park and on to the outflow next to the town. There were also lots of canoe and kayak paddlers staying at the park and taking advantage of the easily accessible waterways.
The town is an easy walk through a well-worn bush track and along a scenic pathway that goes past the old foot-bridge. It’s another popular fishing spot and also provides access to the beautiful ‘Back Beach’ which stretches up to river mouth. South West Rocks village has a plentiful supply of coffee shops and a good variety of other shopping for you to fill the larder and spend some time shopping.
There are a number of clubs and restaurants available and the South West Rocks Country Club even provides a courtesy bus to the park to take you to and from the club. Now that’s a great ‘Plan B’.
If you’re into surfing and swimming, there are some great options with many beaches in the area. There are beautiful walks and a couple of iconic attractions nearby with Trial Bay Gaol and the Lighthouse both very popular and both of these locations are fantastic spots for whale watching if you’re in the area at the right time of year.
Active Holidays South West Rocks is a great park in a beautiful location, and it’s best feature is that is free of the hustle and bustle that many coastal parks face during school holidays and peak periods. It’s well worth a visit.
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